Sunday, December 30, 2012

051 Donnie Darko by Richard Kelly

"Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?" Oh Frank, such a quip from a demonic 6' tall rabbit. This week we enter Richard Kelly's tangential universe in the neo cult-classic Donnie Darko, starring the siblings Gyllenhaal. Despite perhaps an overly contrived metaphysical philosophy (which provides the basis for this genre-bender) Donnie Darko succeeds with its atmosphere. We are left to bask in its weirdness, a demonic rabbit, a dues-ex machina jet engine, and the truth that the world will end in 28 days. All of this combined with its nostalgic 80's high school setting somehow works, making it a thoroughly enjoyable film despite its calorie-free ending.

Download: 051 Donnie Darko (Rebroadcast) 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

050 Die Hard by John McTiernan

Yippee-ki-yay, Mother F****rs, It's Christmas movie time! In 1988 Bruce Willis starred as the venerable John McClane in Die Hard, paving the way for a decades spanning action enterprise that refuses to *cough* die. A script loaded with one-liners, overly campy character archetypes, and a little touching sappiness to boot, Die Hard achieves what it set out to do: epitomize all that is 80's action. Bruce Willis would never be the same afterward and neither would we. Sparing us the stilted accent of Schwarzenegger and the punchy slur of Stallone, Willis offered us a "thinking man's" action star...or at least a coherent one.

Download: 050 Die Hard (Rebroadcast)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

049 Swingers by Doug Liman

We're all so money, and we don't even know it! This week we review the 90's zeitgeist 20-something indie hit Swingers, starring a young Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Ron Livingston and an ever beautiful Heather Graham. After his first viewing, Mark delves into the existential and the futile of what it is to be truly "money", while Matt embraces his inner Vince (aka Trent). With a heavy dose of 60's lounge nostalgia, Swingers is couched in the heydays of the past. But Mark's not buying any of that hipster crap. Stay dead Sinatra!!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

048 Oldboy by Chanwook Park

Revenge is a dish best served as a live octopus in a Seoul sushi restaraunt. Oldboy is a Korean psychological thriller from Chanwwok Park that exploits the idea of revenge to full effect. Where violence always takes the forefront in revenge tales (and there is a decent amount of violence in Oldboy) this film deconstructs the idea into a form of brutal shared empathy that gets to the heart of the vengeance concept. A mix of Hitchcock and Tarantino, smart and poetically objective, Oldboy is cinema that reinvents its genre.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

047 Glengarry Glen Ross by James Foley and David Mamet

It's all about the fucking leads!!! This week Matt and Mark review the boiler room Mamet classic Glengarry Glen Ross directed by James Foley and starring a rock star "super group" of Oscar talent including Al Pacino, the late Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, and Kevin Spacey. Like a meat grinder, this film shows you what happens when you take the weak pulpy bits of human pride and process them through the steel teeth of capitalism. To be a salesman is to be an actor, a character fueled by seduction and confidence, and if your act isn't honed, as Baldwin's character Blake puts it, "You can't close the leads you're given, you can't close shit, *you are* shit, hit the bricks pal, and beat it, 'cause you are going *out*. "

Download: 047 Glengarry Glen Ross (Rebroadcast)